Sleepless Nights

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Arab Film Festival

Sleepless Nights

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 28 June 2013

2012 I Lebanon I 128 minutes
Director: Eliane Raheb


Lebanon’s terrible 15-year civil war ended in 1991 with an amnesty pardoning all political crimes. But with an estimated cost of 120,000 lives, and many more lives fractured by the conflict, those crimes have not been forgotten. 

This emotionally demanding documentary follows the stories of Assaad Shaftari, an ex-high-ranking leader in a Christian militia who was responsible for many killings during the war, and Maryam Saiidi, the mother of a kidnapped young fighter.

Shaftari has been exonerated for his role in the deaths of hundreds of people, yet he’s hounded by his past, while Saiidi struggles with the memory of the 15-year-old son she lost. When the two meet questions are raised about war wounds and whether redemption and forgiveness are ever possible.


Born in Beirut in 1972, Eliane Raheb directed the shorts The Last Screening and Likaa’a, and the documentaries So Near Yet So Far, Suicide, and Hayda Lubnan which landed the Excellency Award at the Yamagata Festival. She is also a founder of Beirut DC, the cultural association where she was the artistic director of six editions of the festival Cinema Days of Beirut.

Dubai International Film Festival
Winner of Cinema in Motion Award at San Sebastian Film Festival

Dates & Times:
8:00pm, Friday 28 June 2013

Screens with:
Ghosts of Dier Yassine

Adult $20, Conc. $15*

Adult $80, Conc. $60* (Excludes Opening Night)

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Ticket Prices

Adult $20
Concession $15
Marathon Package (Adult) $80
Marathon Package (Conc.) $60

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